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Police Seek Information About Towson Robberies

Update: Suspects responsible for the stabbing of a Towson University student during an armed robbery on Sunday, November 3 have been identified.

Towson, Maryland (November 5, 2013) - Police ask the public's help identifying three men suspected of robbing two college students Sunday and Monday night in Precinct 6/Towson. Both incidents occurred on Burke Avenue.

The victims -- one of whom remains hospitalized with serious injuries -- have been unable to provide a detailed description of the men -- all described as thin, black males, probably in their early twenties.

Monday night at about 9:50 p.m., numerous police units responded to the 200 block of E. Burke Avenue for an armed robbery that had just occurred. The victim, a 20-year-old student at Goucher College, said he was walking home from Goucher, pushing his bicycle and talking on his cell phone. When he walked into an alley that runs alongside E. Burke Avenue, two of the suspects emerged from a vehicle, grabbed him and forced him to the ground; the third suspect remained in the vehicle. The suspects threatened to stab him if he did not cooperate, though the victim did not see a knife. The suspects stole cash from the victim's wallet. After turning around in the alley, they left the scene, heading east on Burke Avenue.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

Sunday Night's Incident

Police believe that the three unidentified suspects also are responsible for Sunday night's assault and possible robbery of a Towson University student at Centre and Burke avenues.

At about 10:50 p.m., police and EMS personnel found a 24-year-old man who had suffered multiple stab wounds. Police and EMS personnel were called to the scene by a passerby, a woman, who said the victim flagged her down while standing in the middle of the street, indicating that he needed help.

Because of the seriousness of his injuries, the victim has not able to talk to police in detail about what happened. He told police that he had been attacked by three thin, black males. Police found that the victim's cell phone was missing.

The victim was transported to a local hospital. Police still have not been able to interview him. The name of the hospital and the identity of both victims are being withheld for safety reasons.

Anyone with information about these crimes should call police at 410-307-2020.

Safety Measures

Police advise citizens always to use caution when walking after dark. If possible, avoid walking alone and distracted. The suspects in the Towson robberies appear to target victims who walk alone and are not paying attention to their surroundings, often because they are talking on their cell phones. Cell phones are an increasingly popular target for criminals. Take care not to make cell phones and other electronic equipment visible to criminals.

Police Chief James Johnson continues to enhance the police presence in the Towson precinct. For the last few months, Chief Johnson has dedicated additional resources to Towson and its growing entertainment and university district. These resources include units from the Business Patrol Initiative and Community Action Team.

Revised November 18, 2013